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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.


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Mrs. B. B. Griffith

Mrs. Lilian Long Griffith was born at Otley, Marion  county, Iowa, Nov. 3, 1865.  The daughter of Columbus Long, and Mary Baldwin.  Mrs. Griffith received her education in the public schools at Otley, in the Pella High School and at Central University.

At seventeen she became a teacher and taught for five years, part of the time in the city schools of Harlan.  She resigned her position to be married to B. B. Griffith, Jr., a Harlan clothing merchant, Jany. 12, 1888.  They have one child, Harry B. Griffith, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.  In religious faith she is a Congregationalist.  She has always been an active worker in the church and in the Women's Auxiliary, but her greatest interest has been in Sunday School work and her classes of boys have received her best efforts for good.  She is a member of the Harlan Literary Club and of the Women's Union.  She has served in all the offices of the local Eastern Star chapter, being Worthy Matron for two years.  In P. E. O. she has for years been an enthusiastic and active member, serving for two years as president of chapter AP.  For three years she served as organizer of the Iowa Grand Chapter, then as First Vice-President, and in 1914, was elected President, the highest honor which the State chapters can confer.  Mrs. Griffith is not a woman with particular fads or fancies, but believes in doing her best at all times and under all circumstances.  Her influence for good during her years of teaching, in her home, in her church work, and in her devotion to the interests of Iowa P. E. O. will stand as a testimonial to her true worth as one of Iowa's women.



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